FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 19-04—Filed January 4, 2019, 1:41 p.m., effective January 4, 2019, 1:41 p.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: Amend recreational sturgeon rules in the Columbia River.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-312-060.
Under RCW 34.05.350
the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: This rule is needed to close white sturgeon retention in The Dalles Pool. Current harvest rates indicate this measure is necessary in order to stay within the one hundred thirty-five sturgeon harvest quota. This action is consistent with decisions made by the states of Washington and Oregon on January 4, 2019. There is insufficient time to adopt permanent regulations.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: January 4, 2019.
for Kelly Susewind
WAC 220-312-06000DFreshwater exceptions to statewide rules—Columbia River.
Notwithstanding the provisions of WAC 220-312-060, effective January 7, 2019, until further notice, retention of white sturgeon is prohibited from The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam.